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Phone Theft: Nigerian Company Develops Application To Block Stolen Handsets And Other Gadgets



A mobile application has been developed by Nigeria’s E.F. Network Ltd, that can render a device unusable by thieves, to curb theft or resale of mobile phones and other gadgets in the country.

The company’s public relations officer Mr Ameh Ochojila, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, in Abuja, said the application named ‘ephonetaxi’ will help reduce drastically the growing number of stolen phones in the country and across the globe.

Explaining the benefits and use of the application he said “the ‘ephonetaxi’ application helps to lock out unauthorised use of the phone, making it unusable and unsellable,”.

According to him, the application is designed to protect phone owners and the information stored on their phones from being compromised in the event of a phone theft.

Other feature of the APP is that “it retrieve and send user’s stored contents to their email while “It also locks the phone, prevents either unauthorised access to stored pictures, videos, messages, or contacts of the phone owner.

“The APP also alerts the phone owner of any change in SIM card, monitors, and tracks the phone location including taking pictures of criminals in possession of the phone and sending the pictures to the email address of the owner,” he said.

Ochojila added: “The owner doing these remotely in spite of the phone being lost or stolen can also lock it making totally useless

The technical manager of the company, Mr Kelvin Raymond said that the application could also be used to trace kidnappers as it can reveal real-time location of mobile phones.

Mr Gideon Egbuchulam, Chairman of the company said that the application was one of the application lined up by the company to meet technical and software needs of Nigerians.

Egbuchulam said that the company had opened an incubation centre in Abuja where he planned to recruit brilliant young Nigerian Information Technology (IT) professionals.

“Given enabling environment, Nigerian youths will take Nigeria to the next Silicon Valley in Africa.

“Almost all giant tech companies in the world are interested in the Nigerian market and that is the reason our company is recruiting over 1000 people by the end of 2020 to support talented youths,” he said.